How is Dry Eye Syndrome Treated?
If you suffer from consistent ocular dryness, irritation, or a similar affliction, you may be one of the tens of millions of people with dry eye syndrome.
Occasional dryness is no cause for concern, and we all experience it. But if it becomes a constant problem and keeps you from fully enjoying your life, we recommend seeking professional help at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center in Boca Raton, FL. Our expert ophthalmological team has seen it all, no pun intended, and is eager to use that experience to help you.
How dry eye syndrome adversely affects ocular well-being
Dry eye syndrome encompasses more than dryness. Various undesirable effects may manifest, including blurred vision, ocular fatigue, sensitivity to light, redness, and frequently watering eyes. You may also feel as if you have something stuck in your eye, such as a piece of sand or other foreign object, which causes the sensation of grittiness, itchiness, stinging, or burning.
Why? Well, the human body is full of imperceptible, underappreciated little features that go unthanked. At least until they stop working. To that end, several glands around the eyes produce multi-layered, multi-component tears that nourish, protect, and lubricate. If tear production becomes inadequate, or if its composition changes, dry eye syndrome may occur.
Tears are more than water. They do include water as a chief ingredient, but to effectively do their job, they must also contain oil and mucus. The oil (as mentioned) prevents drying, the mucus improves surface coverage and lubrication, while the water provides the “body” of the tear and hydration.
One specific ocular structure is called the meibomian gland, and it plays a massive role in keeping your eyes comfortably lubricated. Meibomian glands are located along the edges of your eyelids and secrete oil that coats the eye and keeps tears from evaporating, preventing dryness and discomfort. But if these glands become obstructed, tears evaporate at a faster rate, and your eyes are left (literally) high and dry.
Our state-of-the-art LipiFlow treatments help you regain your eye health and visual acuity
So, we proudly offer the cutting-edge LipiFlow system, a thermal therapeutic device that can correct meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), a major cause of dry eye syndrome.
The procedure is simple, quick, safe, and effective. It only requires placing the LipiFlow device (kind of like two small cups) over your eyes. Once set, it delivers gentle heat and pressure to unclog your meibomian glands. You’ll experience minimal pain, and you’ll be done before you know it, as it takes a total of just 12 minutes. Plus, it’s an outpatient treatment with virtually no downtime, so you’ll be able to continue daily activities afterward.
We also offer a suite of additional treatments, including eye drops, artificial tears, and medicines that boost your body’s tear-making abilities, as well as custom-devised strategies to tackle ocular inflammation and other related ailments.
Don’t wait! Reach out to us today for dry eye relief
Dry eye syndrome won’t go away on its own. It will continue to pester you, reduce your quality of life, and potentially cause visual disturbances. But our caring, experienced team at Clewner & Kelly Eye Center is dedicated to helping you achieve the optimum ocular outcome. So contact us today, or pay us a visit in Boca Raton, FL.